26 percent of Australian student visa holders abroad


Despite efforts to revive Australia’s pre-pandemic industry, more than a quarter of Australia’s student visa holders remain abroad.

Numbers from the Ministry of Education, Skills and Employment show As of July 4, there were 420,369 primary student visa holders in Australia, 26% of whom lived abroad.

China is ranked number one on the list of top 10 countries for international students in Australia. Approximately 116,113 Chinese students hold student visas, 49 percent of which are outside Australia.

Reasons for students staying abroad include late visa approval, passport exchange, local blockade, expensive airline tickets, fear of COVID-19, high cost of living in Australia, and getting used to classes in remote areas. There are things and so on.

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After arriving at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia on December 6, 2021, international students will take pictures with university representatives. (AAP Image / Bianca De Marchi)

Education Minister Jason Clare said the number of Chinese students at Australian universities fell by 24% in the first quarter of this year, mainly because of fear of COVID and students not returning.

“This is the largest export we don’t dig out of the ground and was destroyed by COVID,” Claire said. Said June Sky News.

Australian universities, the highest institution in the sector, predicted that due to the loss of international students, Australian universities would lose $ 16 billion by 2023.

“We can’t pretend that it doesn’t have a big impact,” said Catriona Jackson, CEO of the University of Australia. Said In the statement.

“The income not only supports staff and facilities to educate the next generation of skilled workers, but also pays for much of the research and innovation that keeps Australia internationally competitive.”

“With less research on campus, we will not be ready to deal with crises like COVID-19 and wildfires in the future.”

Expert: Opportunity to reset the reputation of Australian universities

However, there are also voices from the sector calling for university funding to be independent of international student tuition.

“International students are an important part of Australia that is healthy and prosperous for everyone,” he said. Alex ChevrollDirector of the International Education Provider Study Group Australia.

“We have the opportunity to reset our reputation as a major educational destination, but we need to change the perspective of these students, not as an economic product, but as an individual who makes a significant contribution to Australian society. “

This is also reflected in Gabriel Moens, an emeritus professor at the University of Queensland.

“Therefore, the plea of ​​Chevroll is a timely and powerful message that the university department needs to pay attention to,” Mornes wrote in an opinion piece in The Epoch Times.

“As the COVID-19 emergency subsides, Australian universities certainly have the opportunity to reset their reputation by conducting non-neutral research and education and providing international students with an outstanding and imaginative educational experience. I have.”

“Only then will their fees be used successfully.”

Epoch Times Sydney Staff